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Cal on June 15th, 2017

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54% of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. About half of urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants, while nearly one in eight live […]

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Cal on June 13th, 2017

Last year, for the 5th straight year, the US was the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. US hydrocarbon production in energy content terms is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. US crude oil production will, for the first time in nearly 50 years, climb to 10 million barrels per day […]

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Cal on June 11th, 2017

Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, briefed the prime minister and state premiers on his special report into the nation’s electricity market and recommends a transition policy as cold-fired electrical generation is phased out. The study was requested by the federal energy minister last fall as the country struggled with several wide-spread power failures in the state […]

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Cal on June 9th, 2017

  Earlier this month Swiss company Climeworks began operating the world’s first carbon capture plant—a machine designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The company hopes to capture 1% of the global carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels by 2025. The company estimates that the plant will remove some 900 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. Located […]

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Cal on June 6th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global new nuclear capacity additions totaled 10 gigawatts last year, the highest rate since 1990. The IEA also said that from 2010 to 2015, renewable power generation grew by more than 30% and is forecast to grow by another 30% between 2015 and 2020. A new study from […]

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Cal on June 3rd, 2017

Oilprice makes the case that China, not OPEC, now sets the level of world oil prices. OPEC is working hard to try to keep world crude oil prices high as their members need the oil revenues to finance the increasing demands on government expenditures. But China is the largest crude oil importer in the world and […]

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Cal on May 30th, 2017

A consortium of 11 Japanese firms (including Honda, Nissan, and Toyota) have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the hydrogen fuel-cell market in Japan faster than has been the case so far. Other firms involved include JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Tokyo Gas, Development Bank of Japan, Idemitsu Kosan, Toho Gas, Air Liquide Japan, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Iwatani […]

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Cal on May 25th, 2017

McKinsey & Company asks: Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road? “A close examination of the technologies required to achieve advanced levels of autonomous driving suggests…such vehicles are perhaps five to ten years away.” Volkswagen Group is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Gazprom to support its efforts to promote automobiles powered by natural […]

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